Pakistan Earthquake

A devastating 7.6 magnitude earthquake shook Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India on the morning of October 8, 2005, killing almost 80,000 people and leaving millions homeless. There were also an additional 79,000 people injured. In all, 3.5 million people were affected and 400153 houses were destroyed or damaged. Thousands of people suffered from serious spinal injuries and other disabilities. HOPE worldwide's team of full time staff and volunteers were mobilized to do what they could to make a difference.

Five districts of North West Frontier Province were severely affected. Two districts of Kashmir (under Pakistan’s rule) were also completely destroyed. The people lost their livelihoods, their homes, their possessions, and their confidence. A huge amount of relief poured into the area, which has helped people in the short term. But many have taken their small relief payments and squandered them. Laziness and despair are real issues in these communities, especially after the media has left. It is well known that Mansehra was the worst hit district in Pakistan from the earthquake, with millions of dollars worth of property and livelihood destroyed.

HOPE worldwide was one of the first NGOs to respond on ground zero to the earthquake in Tehsil Oghi of District Mansehra. Within one hour of the first tremors, one of HOPE’s volunteer doctors started the treatment of seriously injured people in the hospital of Oghi. And on the third day after the earthquake, ten volunteers from HOPE worldwide distributed sixty bags of flour. Six hundred bottles of water were also distributed with blankets. In October 2005, HOPE worldwide donated medical supplies worth one million USD to WHO. There was also a free medical camp was conducted for 10,000 people and 700 hundred blankets were distributed.

HOPE worldwide and its partners distributed temporary shelters. They also gave away a number of solar power lights in the first week of December to stop the use of kerosene oil and candles in the refugees’ tents at night for light as these were fire hazards.

HOPE worldwide also donated a forty feet container along with an additional four pallets of medical supplies to the Executive District Officer of Health for Mansehra to support the District Head Quarter Hospital of Mansehra. HOPE worldwide supported two of Cobia’s Field Hospitals by providing the medical supplies in Oghi town and Paraplegic Centre Peshawar, which were working for earthquake victims. The work could be done thanks to partners like World Emergency Relief (WER), HOPE worldwide UK and US, the American Embassy School New Delhi, Direct Relief International US and Fifty Lanterns International, US.







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